Blue Angels Scream Over Boston
Around noon on Tuesday, just after Memorial Day Weekend a flock of Blue Angels flew over Boston. The US Navy jets flew over the city for a photo shoot according to The Navy, reported The Boston Globe. The Globe also reported that the jets are able to reach speeds “just under Mach 2, almost twice the speed of sound or about 1,400 miles per hour. They can climb 30,000 feet per minute.”
Six F/A-18 jets flew in formation while a seventh jet followed to take photos.
According to the Blue Angels website, “The mission of the United States Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron is to showcase the pride and professionalism of the United States Navy and Marine Corps by inspiring a culture of excellence and service to country through flight demonstrations and community outreach.”
The site also explains that 16 officers volunteer for the six separate positions. There are three fighter pilots, two support officers and one Marine Corps C-130 pilot whose duty is to relieve departing members.
The Blue Angels will be performing on Wednesday for the 2015 graduation of the Academy’s class. The show will take place in Annapolis, Maryland and will be dedicated to the U.S. Naval Academy midshipman, Justin Zemser, who died last week in the Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia, reported Military Times. Zemser was 20 years old and in his second year at the academy.
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